Charlie Byrd

Jazz Recital

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Guitarist Charlie Byrd's first record features him at age 31 playing his Spanish guitar in a style that was already recognizable. Most of the selections on this out-of-print LP showcase Byrd with bassist Al Lucas, drummer Bobby Donaldson and flutist Tommy Newsom performing lyrical versions of ballads. However "Chuck-a-Tuck" (which has Newsom on tenor) and "Homage to Charlie Christian" are major departures. On those two songs, Byrd switches to electric guitar and shows that he could play bebop with the best of his contemporaries. Other highlights include "My Funny Valentine," "My Heart Stood Still" and "Spring Is Here."

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